Featured Blog Interview with Fairygodboss – How are they helping women?
Guest Blog By Georgene Huang – CEO and Co-founder of Fairygodboss
Tell me about your background story and how you started your business?
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and I graduated from Cornell and Stanford Universities. I started Fairygodboss after I was suddenly fired from my executive role at a major company as part of an unexpected management shakeup a few years ago. I was two months pregnant at the time, but hadn’t yet told anyone. So I had to look for a job and go on interviews and the whole time I felt quite pressured to hide my pregnancy.
While interviewing, I wanted to ask certain questions around benefits and policies like maternity leave and work-life balance — but feared being judged as less than fully committed to my career by my interviewers. I wanted to hear directly from other women about their experiences and how they overcame similar challenges So, I turned to the internet for answers, and was surprised by the lack of information I found, which is why we’ve formed the FGB Community.
What does your company/organization provide?
Fairygodboss offers free career resources and gives women the opportunity to connect and ask for, or offer advice through the FGB Community. We also help women make more informed career decisions by giving them the inside scoop on how companies treat women through our anonymous review platform. Other resources include the only crowdsourced database of parental leave benefits and our salary database where women can ensure that they’re being paid a fair amount.
What are your goals and where do you see this endeavor five years from now?
Right now, our main focus is on continuing to grow the Fairygodboss community and introduce new product features that will help improve the user experience. Ultimately our goal is to improve the workplace for women by increasing transparency and we hope to reach women across the world!
What’s your advice to inspire other women?
Just go for it! If you have an idea or want to start your own business, obviously, do your research and make a careful decision. If all signs point towards it being the right level of risk for you, go for it. This doesn’t, however, mean taking risk recklessly. I believe there are plenty of ways to “road test” your ideas without throwing all caution to the wind, and with so much technology at our fingertips, there are plenty of ways to simultaneously do market research and start building a business (while testing your idea) without quitting your day job right away.
Where can we find out more information about you and your company?
You can find us at fairygodboss.com and @fairygodboss on all social media channels. Feel free to sign up on our site (it’s free) to connect with other career-minded women and subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of everything we’re up to!